Tigers: The Perfect Pet!

Tigers are beautiful, but they&ve got those big teeth! So would a tiger really make a good pet? See if you and your family are up to the challenge.
By Laura Overdeck
Feb 20, 2013

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Tigers: The Perfect Pet!

Feb 20, 2013

Tigers are one of the world’s most beautiful animals – and if you meet one in the wild, it can also be one of the most terrifying.  But the fact that tigers can take down large animals hasn’t hurt their popularity.  Thanks to their stripey fur and slinky way of walking, they beat out the dog as the world’s most popular animal in Animal Planet’s poll.  Far more people have dogs as pets, though, since dogs are much easier to take care of…or are they?  Here are some fun questions to help your children practice math skills as they contemplate owning a pet tiger!

Wee ones: If you get both a pet tiger and a pet dog to compare them as pets, how many legs do they have altogether?

Little kids: Dogs need to be walked, but cats don’t.   If the dog needs to walk 3 times a day for 10 minutes each time, but the tiger just needs 2 minutes to sprint up the street and back once a day, how many more minutes of exercise does the dog need each day?  Bonus: How many times do you have to take the dog out in a week, vs. the tiger?

Big kids: To make mealtime easy, you train both your pet tiger and your pet dog to eat hamburger meat.  If the dog eats 3 times a day, but the tiger just eats one giant meal once every 5 days, how many more times does the dog eat in a month? (Assume 1 month = 30 days).   Bonus: If your dog eats 1 pound of meat each meal but the tiger eats 70 pounds, how many pounds of meat does each one chow down that month?

Answers:

Wee ones: 8 legs.

Little kids: 28 more minutes per day (30 vs. 2).   Bonus: 21 times for the dog, vs. 7 times for the tiger.

Big kids: The dog needs 90 meals, whereas the tiger needs only 6, so the dog eats 84 more meals.   Bonus: The dog eats 90 pounds, while the tiger eats 420 pounds – oof.

The verdict: Tigers seem like they might be easier to take care of, but they eat a LOT more.

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